Iwaki FC
いわきFC
Iwaki FC emblem.png
Full nameIwaki FC
Founded2012; 10 years ago (2012)
GroundJ-Village Stadium, Hirono, Fukushima
Capacity5,000
ChairmanSatoshi Okura
ManagerHiromasa Suguri
LeagueJ3 League
2021JFL, 1st, champions Increase (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Iwaki FC (いわきFC, Iwaki FC) is a football (soccer) club based in Iwaki, a city in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The club currently play in J3 League, which is the 3rd level in the Japanese football pyramid.

History

Iwaki FC was founded in 2012, before getting official recognition in 2013 with the creation of their homonymous corporation.[1][2] The club name got more attention when Under Armour decided to join the club and support it to climb the Japanese football pyramid from the bottom.[3] There had been a big vision behind the club, with the will of "making Iwaki the central football-city in Tohoku".[4] In fact, a new training field opened in November 2016 and the club-house was just launched in May 2017: two central structures to rise to the top of Japanese football.[5][6]

Plus, results are pushing Iwaki FC, which has won several categories in Fukushima Prefectural Football League, coming to first division: the next target is Tohoku Soccer League, while the club has even achieved their first win at National Club Team Football Championship Tournament (winning the final 9–0).[7] Iwaki FC also debuted at Emperor's Cup in 2017 edition. After defeating Norbritz Hokkaido in the first round, they surprisingly overcame Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo for 5–2 after extra-time.[8] They lost against Shimizu S-Pulse in the third round, but it was still a surprising run.

In the 2019 season, Iwaki FC earned promotion to the following year's JFL for the first time in history after two seasons in Tohoku Soccer League competition, with the club winning the All Japan Regional Promotion Series and as a result Iwaki was crowned champions.

In the 2021 season, Iwaki FC earned promotion to the following year's J3 League for the first time in history after two seasons in JFL competition, after finishing in first position, the team were crowned champions for their first title of fourth tier in Japan Football League.

League and cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J. League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Shakaijin
Cup
Season Division Teams Tier Pos. P W D L F A GD Pts
2013 Fukushima Prefectural
Football League (Div. 3 West)[9][10]
6 8 2nd 10 5 3 2 30 13 17 18 Not eligible
2014 5 9 3rd 8 3 1 4 17 15 2 10
2015 Fukushima Prefectural
Football League (Div. 3 East)[11]
6 1st 10 10 0 0 41 9 32 30
2016 Fukushima Prefectural
Football League (Div. 2)[12]
6 8 1st 10 10 0 0 93 1 92 30 Did not qualify Quarter final
2017 Fukushima Prefectural
Football League (Div. 1)[13]
6 7 1st 10 10 0 0 93 0 93 30 3rd round 2nd round
2018 Tohoku Soccer
League
Div. 2 South
10 6 1st 18 18 0 0 139 12 127 54 1st round 3rd
2019 Tohoku Soccer
League
Div. 1
10 5 1st 18 15 3 0 82 14 68 48 1st round 3rd
2020 Japan Football
League
16 4 7th 15 6 3 6 24 24 0 21 2nd round Not eligible
2021 17 1st 32 21 8 3 65 28 37 71 1st round
2022 J3 League 18 3 34
Key


Honours

National Club Team Football Championship Tournament
All Japan Regional Promotion Series
Shakaijin Cup
Japan Football League

Current squad

As of 15 April 2022.[14] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Japan JPN Kengo Tanaka
2 MF Japan JPN Riku Saga
3 DF Japan JPN Ryushiro Tanaka
4 DF Japan JPN Kyowaan Hoshi (on loan from Yokohama FC)
5 DF Japan JPN Ryo Odajima
6 MF Japan JPN Eiji Miyamoto
7 MF Japan JPN Reo Sugiyama
8 MF Japan JPN Masaru Hidaka
9 FW Japan JPN Shota Suzuki
10 FW Japan JPN Kotaro Arima
11 FW Japan JPN Ryo Arita
14 MF Japan JPN Daiki Yamaguchi
15 DF Japan JPN Rei Ieizumi
16 MF Japan JPN Genya Sekino
17 MF Japan JPN Kaina Tanimura
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW Japan JPN Shu Yoshizawa
19 FW Japan JPN Hiroto Iwabuchi
20 MF Japan JPN Sota Nagai
21 GK Japan JPN Daiki Sakata
22 DF Japan JPN Tetsuya Yonezawa
23 FW Japan JPN Tomoki Yoshida
24 MF Japan JPN Yuto Yamashita
25 MF Japan JPN Asahi Haga DSP
27 GK Japan JPN Kanta Tanaka
28 MF Japan JPN Ryoma Ito
30 DF Japan JPN Wataru Kuromiya
31 GK Japan JPN Shuhei Shikano
34 FW Japan JPN Daigo Furukawa
35 DF Japan JPN Genki Egawa
39 GK Japan JPN Takuho Misawa Type 2

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Japan JPN Daigo Masuzaki (on loan at Cobaltore Onagawa)

Club Officials

Position Name
Manager Japan Hiromasa Suguri
Assistant Manager Japan Shunichi Nakajima
First Team Coach Japan Takumi Watanabe
Goalkeeper Coach Japan Masaaki Furukawa
Academy Goalkeeper Coach Japan Shingo Watanabe
Sprint Coach Japan Shingo Akimoto
Analyst Japan Yuta Murakami
Strength Advisor Japan Jin Hisa
Doctor Japan Yoshitomo Saita
Physiotherapist Japan Kazuhiko Hattori
Athletic trainer Japan Atsushi Hokari
Reinforcement Department Sports Director Japan Yuzo Tamura
Japan Daishi Hiramatsu
Academy advisor Japan Yoshinobu Omata

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Pieter Huistra  Netherlands 13 January 2016 31 December 2016
Yūzō Tamura  Japan 1 February 2017 31 January 2021
Hiromasa Suguri  Japan 1 February 2022 Current

Kit evolution

Home kit 1st
2018
2019
2020
Away kit - 2nd
2018
2019
2020

References

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  2. ^ "元蘭代表ハウストラ氏が福島県2部で監督就任。現役時代は広島に在籍".
  3. ^ "ドーム、「いわきFC」を運営する会社「株式会社いわきスポーツクラブ」を設立". www.facebook.com.
  4. ^ "「サッカーを通じて、いわき市を東北一の都市にする」いわきFC発足!!第1期メンバー募集開始 – ゲキサカ". ゲキサカ.
  5. ^ "「いわきFCパーク」開所 国内初の商業施設複合型クラブハウス".
  6. ^ "「いわきFCフィールド」オープン 地域活性化の一翼に期待".
  7. ^ "第23回全国クラブチームサッカー選手権大会".
  8. ^ "注目急上昇!J1撃破「いわきFC」 凱旋の勇姿に熱い視線".
  9. ^ "RSSSF Japan Regional League data 2013". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  10. ^ "RSSSF Japan Regional League data 2014". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  11. ^ "RSSSF Japan Regional League data 2015". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  12. ^ "RSSSF Japan Regional League data 2016". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  13. ^ "RSSSF Japan Regional League data 2017". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  14. ^ "いわきFC OfficialSite". いわきFC OfficialSite.